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At the Middlesex Sessions, on Friday, the young man Finney, who was convicted, under circum- stances of a remarkable character, of stealing a silver spoon at a tavern in Covent-g srden, was sentenced to six months' hard labour. The prisoner seemed to feel his position most acutely, and altogether thd case is one of a very distressing character. The Duke of Edinburgh and his suite, and the noblemen and gentlemen who have assembled at Liverpool to do him honour, witnessed on Friday the great sailing-match of the Royal Mersey Yacht Club. His Royal Highness embarked on board the steamer Alert—a fine vessel, used by the Mersey Dock Board for official investigations—which was fitted up for the occasion. The ships in dock and in the river were all decorated with Sags, and the scene was one of the the gayest animation. The weather was beautifully fine. Funeral of the Earl of Rosslyn.-The remains of the late Earl of Rosslyn were on Friday interred in Roslin Chapel. In accordance with the expressed wish of the deceased earl the funeral was strictly private, only a few of the most intimate friends of the family being invited to be present. The grave was constructed in the north-east corner of the chapel, alongside the resting place of the late countess and the elder son of the late earl, who died in 1851, and at a little distance from the vault immortalised by Sir Walter Scott- There twenty of Roslin's barons bold, Lie buried within that proud chapelle." The inscription on the coffin-plate consisted simply of the words —" James Alexander St. Clair-Erskine, 3rd Earl of Rosslyn, born Feb. 15, 1802; died June 16, 1866." A letter from Roma of the 15th says" The suspicion with which prelates from Rome are looked on at Florence proved inconvenient to the Australian Archbishop of Sydney, Dr. Polding, who, returning hence to England, was arrested in that city last week on the very evening of his arrival from Rome, but liberated on the following morning. Archbishop Cullen has arrived here in time for the approaching Consistory, at which he is to be raised to the rank of cardinal. The Earl and Countess of Northesk, with their family and suite, left Rome on Monday for Florence and the north." Steam Shipbuilding on the Clyde.The Tyn- wald, paddle, recently built by Messrs. Caird & Co. for the Isle of Man and Liverpool Steam Packet Company, has made a run between the Isle of Man and Liverpool in 4 hours and 20 minutes. The distance is 70 miles. Messrs. M'Nab and Co., of Greenock, have launched a screw of the following dimensions :-Length, 155ft.; beam, 21ft.; and depth of hold, 12ft. Sin. She is to be propelled by a pair of direct acting engines of 50-horse power, which are already on board. The Tornado, screw, a sister vessel to the Pampero, has left the Clyde for Hamburg. Suspension of labour in the Clyde yards has, of course, checked the progress of ^he vessels on hand, and reduced during the last few cays the number of launches. Medical Officers in the Army.- There is reason to believe, says the Lancet, that the pressing necessities of the naval medical service will ensure the adoption of the reeommendations of the rank, pay, and promotion of the medical officers of the army and navy, so far as regards the navy. A to the army, we believe that the Horse Guards and Dr. Gibson in concert bave, as usual, declared against the interests of the medical officers, and are desirous to postpone the whole matter for a year. But it is not certain that the Marquis of Hartington, or General Pee!, if he should come into office, will consent to treat with con- tempt the recommendations of a committee of so J much official importance, and which was at so much trouble. j

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OLD BUYS.

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FACTS AND FACETIAE. .

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